Graphic Photo of Kelly Thomas Victim of Fullerton Police Brutality

The following photo of a 37-year-old schizophrenic homeless man named Kelly Thomas was taken in the hospital by his father Ron Thomas, a former Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy.  Thomas was fatally beaten by Fullerton Police officers on July 5, 2011 following attempts to search his backpack due to reports of someone “looking into cars” in the area.  Multiple videos of the beating exist, including surveillance footage that has yet to be released by the Orange County District Attorney, and a large number of witnesses have come forward confirming the extremely excessive use of force by the six officers that were responding to the scene.  One officer in particular was reportedly responsible for beating Thomas repeatedly in the back of the head with a Taser until Thomas began to bleed profusely.  The same officer also repeatedly performed a “knee-drop”, hitting his knee against the back of Thomas’ head and neck leading to fractures in his face and the crushing of his windpipe.  This officer has been identified as Jay Cicinelli, a former LAPD officer who was shot within weeks of leaving the academy and now only has one eye.  Cicinelli reportedly bragged to other officers about the extent of the beating.  The beating is being investigated by the FBI.  For more information see the website of  “Friends for Fullerton’s Future” for their continued reporting on the subject.

Update: The central officer involved in the beating has been identified by Orange County District Attorney as Manuel Ramos.


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8 comments for “Graphic Photo of Kelly Thomas Victim of Fullerton Police Brutality

  1. August 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    That’s what you get for letting someone label you as being schizophrenic in this fine, caring, liberal-minded world. These people who care so much about your well-being should suffer such a fate, because this is all too often the fate of those so singled out as different.

    The only “different” you should let them claim about you, is that you are a natural-born killer yourself. Defend your life, or it will be summarily taken from you. Trust no one.

    Reality beckons the rest of your life -and- nothing else is so utterly sure.

    Don Robertson
    Limestone, Maine

    • Shawn Cain
      August 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      You’re an idiot.

  2. chundini
    August 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    The SS Gestapo were much less brutal and effective, they knew to beat and pulverized a homo sapien to that extend could most likely lead to revenge over fear. They went for fear. The actual records (not holywood) after WWII released records showed that prisoners’ death in both Axis and Allieds were at 7 percent each. with exception of Japan’s at 27 percent with their Bushido codes to die for the emperor. Of course the victors gets to write their own version of the history. I am amaze that they did not yet destroy the three volumes of red cross reports in Geneva describing the real events in Germany’s internment camps as hilter had sign the Geneva accord (not Japam) and finally allowed a red cross representative on each camp sites. Remember that in January 1938 on the cover of Time magazine the best man of the year nominated is Hitler over all other 2 billion men. First best man then the worst mankind ever known? Make up your vascillating mind . He was simply a man with many flaws and some attributes. Why did we elect him as man of the year? He found or recognized and implemented a solution to solve Germany hyper inflation where a loaf of bread that cost 10 fenigs (cents) in 1919 cost over 5 million marks in 1923. we pay almost 2.70 for 650g bread today how will feel when we have to pay 5 billion dollars for it if we don’t stop printing fiat money.

  3. xxxxx
    August 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    we need to publish the names and address of these filty little shit pigs as quicky as possiable

  4. Howard T.Lewis III
    August 17, 2011 at 4:19 am

    If they can not label you, they will fear you.

  5. zendoz
    September 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    send this to your reps mabe they have not looked at him in this way.

  6. May 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

    For those who stumble across this photo a year later and would like to know more details, please go here to see discussion and the actual beating video. It’s disgusting that police officers would do such a thing.

  7. Joseph
    August 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    What kind of evil pigs would do this? While the masters of the wall street universe get away with robbery and are still idolized, they pick a defenseless person to murder. My disgust is profound and the good as citizens of Fullerton should not rest until justice is done.
    Thomas needed help and compassion not as an outlet for sordid violent impulses from this low life group of sub human, self important pigs.

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